Here we are with Star Wars XXVI, subtitled: SDI goes nuclear.
When Ronald Reagan came up with his strategic defense initiative almost a decade ago, opponents said it was too expensive and scientists said it wouldn't work. Because they were right, what we call Star Wars today bears little relation to the original plan. Only the name hasn't been changed, to protect the funding.
The latest wrinkle is to send nuclear rockets aloft. The Federation of American Scientists worries of the threat nuclear material in space could pose through such common occurrences as accidents. "It's wasting taxpayers' money on an idea that is stupid and possibly dangerous," said a spokesman.